Friday, July 1, 2011

Dog stars

Part of the fun working with data is discovering the "odd bits"

One of the odd bits in this database is Sirius.  We all know that Sirius is a binary, right?  However, the Hyg dataset lists it as A0m... -- and no, there is no distinct entry for its white dwarf companion.  I'm going to assume that "..." stands for an "n-ary" system and process accordingly.  Might as well assume the same for ".."

Also, I will have to list all the "famous stars" when I am done and double check (and patch) the results.  I am not too worried about the great mass of stars I might as well nail down the easy ones.

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